Hazardous Waste Collection This Weekend

by Kelly Mills on July 30, 2009

It’s time to start looking around your house for hazardous waste you want to get rid of.

The Muskingum County “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” will be Saturday August 1, in the parking lot of Ohio University Zanesville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers say if you have items you want to get rid of now is the time to act.

“It’s a one day a year event and if you don’t do it now you’re going to have to wait an entire year, it’s a pretty costly thing to put on, it’s a good service to residents of Muskingum County,” says Matthew Phillips, Zanesville director of litter prevention.

Items such as batteries, ammunition, antifreeze, paint and oil will be collected.

The county hosts the event so dangerous chemicals do not get into landfills and to prevent water contamination.

“The other reason is our sewer department they’d prefer that people wouldn’t put things down the drain like gasolines or solvents. They’re not set-up to take
things like that out of the waste stream that they see come in,” he says.

The service is only for residents of Muskingum County. All of the items will be disposed of or recycled by Environmental Systems of Cincinnati.